Zeitschrift für die Welt der Türken / Journal of World of Turks, Vol 5, No 3 (2013)

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Turkish Youth in the UK: An Analysis of Their Identity Formation, Belonging and Perceptions of Europe

Sibel SAFİ


This research is about how these Turkish-speaking young people feel about their parent’s country of origin, about their own belonging, identity, culture and above all what it means to be British. This research interviewed the young people on their attitudes towards citizenship, nationality, exclusion, cultural values, faith, relationships, social cohesion about their Turkish-British identity and about their European identity. The research draws mainly on the qualitative data from Turkish speaking immigrants with a special reference to young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Eighty-four respondents agreed to give interviews (53 females and 31 males). The sample consisted of forty-eight Turkish, twenty-three Turkish-Kurds and thirteen Turkish-Cypriots.

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